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​Realities of Resettlement 

Saturday, October 21 at 1:00 PM- The Irish & the Erie

A musical celebration with local Irish cultural group Craobh Dugan, “The Irish & the Erie” shares the story of how the Irish immigrants helped to build the Erie Canal.  Don’t miss this original program with tunes, songs, stories, and humor. FREE and family friendly.

Wednesday, November 1 from 4:00-5:30 PM- Making History Come Alive in the Classroom

Delta Kappa Gamma and the history center present Making Local History Come Alive In Your Classroom with Oneida County Historian Joseph Bottini.  Teachers should register on ‘My Learning Plan’ to receive CTLE credit.

Monday, November 6 from 5:00-7:00 PM- The Vote: Past, Present, and Future- League of Women Voters Cocktail Party

The Vote: Past, Present, and Future celebrates the centennial of suffrage in New York State.  Sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women. Tickets $45: includes hors d'oeuvres, drinks, history, and more.  Contact for ticket information.  RSVP by October 20, 2017.    

Saturday, November 11 at 1:00 PM- Uncommon Valor

Commemorate Veteran's Day with tales of courage and humanity in wartime.  Noted storyteller Paul Boehlert will tell stories of men and women who served our nation, with a special emphasis on soldiers, sailors and airmen from Oneida Country and the Mohawk Valley.  Solemn, uplifting and proud, this is a program to honor all those who served.

Saturday, November 18 at 1:00 PM- Welsh Heritage Day

Join the history center and the St. David’s Society of Utica to celebrate Welsh heritage in Oneida County. Learn about the history of Welsh settlers in Oneida County and Welsh-American culture in the region today. Come enjoy an afternoon filled with history, recipes, traditional costumes, and more!

Saturday, December 2 at 1:00 PM- Citizenship and Suffrage Around the World

SUNY Polytechnic Institute Professor Kristina Boylan, PhD. and students will share their semester-long research comparing citizenship and suffrage struggles in New York State and around the world.  This family friendly program includes stories and activities about these activists and their achievements for children in first grade and up.  

Saturday, December 9 at 1:00 PM- The American Boarding School Era

Kandice L. Watson, Director of Education & Cultural Outreach at the Shako:wi Cultural Center, shares the forgotten history of the American Boarding School Era.  Watson will discuss when, where, and why these schools opened, daily life in schools, how these institutions affected Native Americans in central New York, and the after-effects on education today.

Saturday, December 16 at 1:00 PM- The Erie Canal and the Birth of American Religion

Dr. Brent Rodriguez-Plate explores the religious life established by the Erie Canal and its influence on religiosity across the continent and the globe.  This illustrated talk explores how the canal cultivated extraordinary experimental spiritual groups and engendered the religiously infused social movements of abolition, women's suffrage, and temperance.

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A new roadside historical marker was unveiled in the town of Florence on Sunday, October 8, 2017.  The marker, provided by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation,commemorates the 1848-1860 African American Settlement known as the Florence Farming Association.  

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New Historical Marker in Oneida County

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